Idolatry Today

It is time for us to open up with our big guns, about idolatry. Anytime a person seeks to reach God in the way that seems right to them, and they are not seeking God on His own terms, it is idolatry. God has shown a great deal of patience with us, because He loves us and He knows we are such wayward creatures, but when a person uses the Bible to set up their own false image of God, they can expect to have it brought down to the dust just like the Philistine idol, Dagon.

“2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.

3 When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD So they took Dagon and set him in his place again.

4 But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.”
1 Samuel 5:2-4 (NASB).

Before that time He said,

2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Exodus 20:2-4 (King James Version)

4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (New Living Translation)

God’s plan for us involves His Spirit in our lives.

“ 6 Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
Zechariah 4:6 (New Living Translation)

Jesus said,
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.”
John 4:23 (New Living Translation)

The only way to achieve this is not through study, not through the intellect, but by seeking Him in the Spirit, to allow Him to teach you about who He is and what He is doing and what He wants you to do. This is why a life in Christ is a relationship we are daily seeking Him and being led by Him, we are sharing our concerns with Him, we are hearing Him (John 10).

God has used the frustration which many people feel with the big “churches” to draw them into this kind of relationship. But if we take that opportunity and simply construct another idol based on man’s intellect, we are no better than the religious hierarchy in Jerusalem in Jesus’ day. They sought to find, not the true God, but their god, the god they had constructed. They simply didn’t want to hear what God had to say, if He disagreed with them. This is the reason why they missed the point when Jesus came. There is a big difference between the the two statements, “this is what I think God is saying”, and “thus sayeth the Lord”. The difference is the Spirit. If you are seeking Him in the Spirit with your hearts open to whatever He is doing (see John 4:23 above) you will be guided by Him (again John 10). Because of this difference the religious hierarchy of Jesus’ day missed the Messiah. Because of this deadly idolatry they were following, they executed the Messiah.

“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (New Living Translation)

8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Psalm 32:8-9 (New Living Translation)

Does this sound like you have to have a preacher to interpret the Bible for you? Does it sound like you have to work out the meanings in Hebrew and Greek?
No, it doesn’t, it sounds like God is there for us when we seek Him and He will instruct us and speak to us and care for us. It’s just you and God. Being with God in your prayer times, is a long way from the mega church cum praise band with the heavy metal sound levels, or the long winded preacher who gauges the effectiveness of his sermon by the size of the offering. Jesus would just like to sit quietly with you and talk to you.
God has a lot to tell us, if we will put away our idols, if we will lay aside our preconceived notions, if we will listen.

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2 Comments on “Idolatry Today”

  1. cindyinsd Says:

    You are so right, Nathan. I can’t think of anything to add–you’ve said it well.

    Love, Cindy


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